Four political parties. One digital future.
This morning OpenMedia released our crowdsourced 2015 Election Report Card, grading each of the national parties on how their plans measure up to our action plan for the Internet. With the election just around the corner, we wanted to make sure that you have all of the information that you need to cast an informed vote on the future of Canada’s Internet. Check out our crowdsourced Election Report Card to find out how each of the parties fared. To help you sort through the noise, our report card assesses how each of the parties’ policies and practices measure up to our policy recommendations, crowdsourced from you! These grades are based on the performances and platforms of the main political parties. They are based on each party’s past record and future commitment to implementing our pro-Internet action plan, crafted with the help of leading experts and packed with ideas from over 250,000 Canadians - heartfelt thanks for all your amazing feedback!
Crowdsourcing has always been at the heart of how OpenMedia operates, and so we’ve listened closely to what you’ve told us are your priorities. This is our best assessment of how each of the parties measure up to your expectations. As community member Alicia Stevenson put it, "We need leaders that are more inline with what everyday Canadians are looking for, my vote will not be willy-nilly but informed."
This election has shaped up to be the most important election for Internet users in Canadian history. People are expressing their concerns about the state of Canada's digital economy like never before, and politicians and parties are responding to our calls for change.
How did we grade the parties?
We started with what you told us you wanted the future of the Internet to look like: Canada’s Digital Future. This action plan is shaped by feedback from over 250,000 Canadians, who have spoken out about their vision for the country’s digital policies and infrastructure. We worked with leading experts to distil your feedback into key priorities, then graded each of the parties’ platforms and positions against this action plan.
Our criteria for grading is below, and measures Canada’s national parties on platforms and positions, and in specific cases their voting records since the last federal election in 2011. And the results of these grades can be found in our full report card.
Our grading criteria:
Supports this recommendation in full.
To receive an A, the party in question must have acted or voted in support of this recommendation in their previous parliamentary voting, or supported this recommendation in their election platform or public statements.
Supports most aspects of this recommendation.
Supports a few aspects of this recommendation.
To receive a C, the party must have acted or voted against some aspects of this recommendation. However, there are some policies and actions that do not put them in direct opposition to all of this proposal.
Supports very little or has no position on this recommendation.
To receive a D, the party supports very little or has no record or position on this recommendation.
Opposes this recommendation.
To receive an F, the party has explicitly opposed this recommendation in their voting record, election platform, or public statements.
Is OpenMedia telling you how to vote?
We understand that everyone has different priorities this election, and there are a wide variety of issues that will factor into your vote.
We just want you to be able to have the information you need to cast an informed vote. We expect you to take these grades and weigh them against the other issues that matter most to you. But as an organization focused on the future of Canada’s Internet, these are the issues that matter most to us.
Disagree? Think we missed something?
Let us know - we’d love to get your feedback in the comments below or by using this feedback form.
If, in the coming week, parties release or change their platforms in ways that directly affect their positions enough that we feel the grades we have assigned are no longer representative, we will reassess as necessary.
We also recognize that there are other parties that we have not graded here. While some did not have an MP in the last parliamentary session or enough on the public record for us to produce a full report card, our team have been impressed by the contributions many smaller parties have made - just check out the Libertarians’ impressive privacy platform, for example, or the Pirate Party’s forward-looking plans for copyright, privacy, and net neutrality.
With all of that said, we’d love to hear your feedback - either in the comments below, or by using this feedback form.
Now, it’s time to stop reading this blog, and find out where the parties stand when it comes to our Internet freedoms - we think you may be surprised! And don’t forget - polling day is Monday October 19th, but you can vote early this long weekend - see here for more info.